We’re bringing back Backlist Monday, at least through the end of the year. Get to know A Thia Thing books that have been out a minimum of 1 year, some as long as 5 years. Today, we’re giving you a snippet from Through the Library Door, the first Markham Library novella.
In the following excerpt, Landria is trying to make sense of an experience she may — or may not — have experienced. Her mind tells her she somehow entered a book and lived a truly bad scene. Logic tells her otherwise. One night, she enters the library, only to find…
…she was shocked to find the books frolicking around as if by their own steam. As each book zoomed by the open doorway, different sounds or words came to her. It dawned on her that she was hearing whatever was happening within that book as it zoomed by. Amazed and enthralled, she stepped inside.
All movement ceased. But not the sound. It increased in volume.
She knew this wasn’t logical, that everything would sound like fantasy to anyone else, but she could not deny what she saw with her own eyes. “Please!” she called above the sound. “I just want to know what happened. Please!”
The volume stayed up, but it changed, as though instead of spouting words at her randomly out of themselves, they were instead talking to one another. After pages ruffled and several books bashed against one another in some sort of tussle, one book moved closer to her. Its pages flipped back and forth as if to find the words it needed, it had to find them amongst itself. “Why did—” flip “—you—” flip “—come back?”
“I—” She paused, aware that the fact she was talking to a book probably meant she was insane. “I didn’t know what was happening before. Aunt Jennifer says it happens once a generation so I didn’t think it would happen again. I-I just wanted to find the book and see how it ended,” she said lamely.
The book surveyed her solemnly before weaving back and forth in what looked to be a nod. “We knew—” flip “—this day—” flip “—would come.”
“What day?” she asked, smiling as the rest of the books seemed to shuffle forward as if to get closer to her.
“The day—” flip “—the spell—” it closed and another book opened “—ended!”
Curious, she asked, “What spell? The spell that allows you to take someone into a book and have them live it?” In a way that was sad, but in another, she was glad that nobody had to live through what she did.
“No, no, no,” said the original book. “The spell—” flip “—that—” flip “—stopped—” it closed and several books opened, wanting to be heard. “It from—” flutter as another book pushed forward “—happening—” flip “—all the time!”
Stunned, she took a step backward. “You mean that now anyone who comes in here can be sucked into any of the books on your shelves?”
Cries of “Oh yes,” “Most definitely,” and “Finally!” filled the air from hundreds of books.
As she tried to make sense of it all and wondered if the library shouldn’t be barricaded in some way, another book came forward cautiously. It seemed to be limping, as though it had been hurt somehow. “Or one,” it said in a husky voice that sounded too familiar and sent a shudder down her back, “from—” flip “—our—” flip “—pages—” The book was pushed roughly out of the way and another book spoke up, “—to come alive.”
“Deep within the library there are secrets untold, hidden within the pages of the books it protects. Some say it is old magic, some say it is a curse, but they all say that once a generation, the door will open and the one who enters will live out the story in one of its novels.”
18 yr old Landria expects to spend a dull summer at her aunt and uncle’s house. That is until she stumbles upon a dusty, unused library and finds her way into the pages of an erotic novel. Attacked within moments of entering the story, she is rescued by the hero, Lord Nicholas Waring, who intrigues her more than she wishes. Once she finds herself back home she cannot forget him. When he follows her into her world and they fall in love, will they be forced apart by the words already written or can they rewrite their story?